I got an email earlier sharing an ordination ceremony, there are some interesting facts/ statistics, since its new to me I thought it might be to others as well, I’ve never been to one or personally knew anyone who did so figured I’d share
- 458 men are expected to be ordained across the USA this year.
- 81% will be for dioceses, and 19% for religious orders.
- On average, 16 years old was when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood (half was between 3 and 15 years old and the other half between
15 and 56 years old).
- The average age at ordination is 33.
- 25% of ordinandi were born abroad, from 23 different countries.
- 11% were homeschooled, and this number is expected to rise to 14% next year.
- 42% entered seminary with at least one undergraduate degree, and 16% entered with a master’s or a doctorate degree.
- 7% of ordinandi are converts from Protestantism, eastern religions, and even atheism.
- 96% of ordinandi were raised by their biological parents.
- 73% regularly practiced eucharistic adoration, 66% regularly prayed the rosary, and 45% regularly participated in prayer groups and Bible studies.
- 72% served as altar servers.
- The top 5 encouraging influencers for considering the priesthood were (in descending order): their parish priest, a parishioner, a friend, mother, father.
- The top 5 discouraging influencers from considering the priesthood were (in descending order): a family member (other than parent), a friend or schoolmate, mother, father, a colleague or coworker.